Next week, the U.S. Animal Health Association and National Institute for Animal Agriculture are holding a joint forum on animal-disease traceability. The forum is being designed to facilitate interaction between state and tribal animal health officials, animal producers, livestock marketers and handlers and meat processors that yields valuable input on preliminary standards, which are being developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Traceability Regulatory Working Group and are expected to be released in August.
Complete details about the meeting and to register to attend are available at http://animalagriculture.org/Solutions/Joint%20Forum/Home.html.
During the forum's closing session on Aug. 31, Drovers managing editor John Maday will serve as facilitator, questioning a panel of state animal-health officials and others to identify key issues and consensus points to carry forward as industry provides input on future USDA policies.
If you cannot attend but have questions you would like to see addressed during the forum, send them to Maday at jmaday@Drovers.com. He will ask as many of your questions as time allows and summarize the answers in a future issue of Drovers Alert and on www.Drovers.com.
Reprinted in part from Drovers